God Calling??

Do you dream of doing something more with your life? Are you longing for deeper meaning and sometimes feel that there is more to life than what you are currently doing? Maybe God is inviting you to explore becoming a Dominican Sister of Peace. Share your gifts with others who want to make a difference in the world. For more information, contact us to begin a conversation.


 

Companions on the Journey: Catholics on Call

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

Catholics on Call – striving to discover God’s Call

The Windy City of Chicago enveloped me in a gust of wind and pulled me along the “L” platform at Roosevelt Station.  Looking up the street, I could see the area where I studied with the National Religious Vocation Conference’s Vocation Director program in Chicago’s downtown Loop at DePaul University.  It brought back good memories of learning many of the details and nuances of this ministry of promoting vocations and interacting with other vocation ministers. Here I was again, heading for Catholic Theological Union to spend 24 hours learning about the Catholics on Call program.  What I discovered was a program that offers more than I imagined to those in discernment and also for those of us who accompany discerners both formally and informally.


group-ya-catholics-on-callCatholics on Call

Catholics on Call supports Catholic young adults (ages 18-30) as they strive to discover God’s call in their lives and to explore the possibility of a life of service in the Church.

A national vocation discovery program of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union, Catholics on Call is dedicated to helping young adults from diverse backgrounds explore a call to ministry in the Church and to learn about leadership roles as lay ecclesial ministers, men or women religious, or ministry as ordained deacons or priests.


Takeaways

june-l-selfieI’m not sure where to start sharing about this program, other than to share with you some major themes and learnings I and 60 others received in a short two days. These, I packed in my suitcase…

  • We are called to collaborate from the beginning. This is different from collaborating for or even with. Those ways begin with me and my ideas and may be open to the ideas of others when I invite them into the collaboration. However, in collaboration from the beginning, all are involved from the start. Together we analyze a situation, recognize the need to act, make decisions, and realize them.
  • Young Adults have learned and grown in an environment of collaboration – of working together on teams in order to achieve goals and complete tasks. No longer is the “lone ranger” a viable option.
  • Young Adults are looking for community and will go to any length to find it. In our global consciousness no distance is too far – the world seems small and we can call Indonesia and meet face to face with colleagues in England, Russia, Australia and beyond – all in real time.
  • Pope Francis calls us all to become “Missionary Disciples.” “One of the great challenges facing the Church in this generation is to foster in all the faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the Church’s mission, and to enable them to fulfill that responsibility as missionary disciples, as a leaven of the Gospel in our world.”

Save the Date!

alumnae-coc-vinceThe next Catholics on Call conference for Young Adults interested in discerning their call to minister in the church will be held in August 2017.  We are encouraged to invite people we know to participate in it.

Do you know someone who would benefit from it?

Are you a young adult who is interested in attending?

Learn more at www.catholicsoncall@ctu.edu or send me an email and I’ll be happy to share more about the organization with you. Honestly, if I was a young adult discerning a call from God, I would attend this conference to explore the art of discernment, the challenge of Christian discipleship in our North American culture, foundations of prayer, collaboration, lay ecclesial ministry, religious life today, and to meet and interact with others on the journey.

Watch a video that gives a great overview of the program, its history, and mission.

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What’s Your Best Collaborative Effort?

Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP
Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP

One of the best collaborative projects in Dominican life in the U.S. is the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN) begun in 1989 in St. Louis.  Though the CDN has been around a while, each year a new group of novices in community with the co-directors make the year unique.  The year is intended to help the novices from different Dominican congregations gather with peers and be immersed in Dominican life.  The focus of the year is to provide a quality experience of community life, prayer, study, ministry, exposure to and practice of the charism of preaching and personal growth for the novices of the member congregations. I participated in the 10-month experience a few years ago and remember with gratitude all the many opportunities, people, and insights.  I came to know the love of God within and around me in a whole new way.     Continue reading →

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The Gardener

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

Turning my calendar to September, I paused and wondered where the summer went.  I looked back over the past few months and remembered the different activities, celebrations, projects, vacations, and events of the summer and I give thanks to God.  It is good to stop now and then to look back on your life to see where God was with you in it all.  What were the highlights, the challenges, moments of grace, a deep sense of God’s presence or even perhaps a sense of remoteness from God?  Take a few moments, at the beginning of this month, to give thanks for what was and to look forward to what is unfolding before you.    Continue reading →

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“Come and You Will See”

Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

Have you ever experienced “nagging” thoughts about the idea of religious life which continue to surface at odd moments in your life, even after you have dismissed the idea?  Perhaps, when you think about your vocation and what you will do with your life, the notion of being a Sister and living a life of love and service to God and neighbor gives you a strange sense of excitement, peace or even a little “fear” at the prospect of such a calling?  Or, maybe you simply feel it is time to seek God with an open heart and discern more deeply the idea that God might be calling you to consider a religious vocation.  However this question of “calling” may be surfacing in your life, why not join us for a free weekend discernment retreat to ‘come, see and pray’ about what God might saying to you about your vocation. Continue reading →

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The Challenge of Being a Follower of Jesus

Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA
Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA

What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? What was Jesus’ life and teachings about? How do we truly live a life that speaks to the ideals of equality, justice, compassion, and mercy that Jesus practiced in his life and time? Can we be bearers of Jesus’ message to love one another and treat others as we desire to be treated? How can we emulate Jesus’ ideals for us in our personal, social, political, and economic life?

The message seems clear to me that if we purport to be followers of Jesus, we are called to be champions of justice for all, to be people of compassion to all, and to not turn a blind eye to the poor and marginalized. We are to open the doors to a life of hope for others. That is what Jesus would do and what Jesus did in his time. We must do the same in our time. Continue reading →

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